Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds

Richard Hinds is the Chief Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

AFL posts a huge year

Richard Hinds As 2012 draws to a close, Richard Hinds looks back at a huge year for AFL in the first of a series of year-enders.

ASADA deals bitter pill to AFL’s brand protectors

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Richard Hinds A high-profile club flouting the unambiguous regulations. A large group of players – unwittingly, or not – using a banned substance to improve strength or aerobic capacity.

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Mistakes, we've had a few

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Richard Hinds AFL chief wants to bring the romance back to the game.

GWS still standing tall despite loss in land of the real giants

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Richard Hinds For Greater Western Sydney, this was supposed to be a knee-knocking moment. Their first match in Melbourne against the premiership favourites Carlton.

A combination of form and fixtures creates a perfect storm for September

Richard Hinds By coming from 20 points down at half-time to beat Hawthorn on Sunday, Sydney made a statement. "Legitimate", "genuine contenders", "the real thing".

A verbal spell and a hard sell

Richard Hinds Getting the Western Sydney locals to take an interest is still a Giant task.

Native game has the right numbers to fend off most challenges

Richard Hinds By choosing to open its season with last Saturday's GWS-Swans derby, the AFL wisely focused the spotlight on its northern expansion.